Canada

Acadian Distillers Ltd
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7 Seas White Rum 40% alc/vol
7 Seas Light Rum 40% alc/vol
Bluenose 40% alc/vol

Alberta Distillers
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Ronrico White Rum Silver Label 40% alc/vol

Angostura International Ltd
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Angostura Old Oak A blend of Trinidad and Canadian rums 40% alc/vol

Arctica Distilling Corporation
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Governor's Private Reserve Amber Rum 40% alc/vol
Governor's Private Reserve Dark Rum 40% alc/vol

Atlantic Distillers Ltd.
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White Sail Rum

Bacardi Canada Inc
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Bacardi Breezer Calypso Berry 5% alc/vol
Bacardi Breezer Caribbean Key Lime 5% alc/vol
Bacardi Breezer Island Pineapple 5% alc/vol
Bacardi Breezer Margarita 5% alc/vol
Bacardi Breezer Pina Colada 5% alc/vol
Bacardi Breezer Pink Grapefruit 5% alc/vol
Bacardi Breezer Strawberry Daiquiri 5% alc/vol
Bacardi Breezer Tropical Orange Smoothie 5% alc/vol
Bacardi O 35% alc/vol
Blue Typhoon 6.9% alc/vol
Calypso Berry Breezer 5% alc/vol
Caribbean Key Lime Breezer 5% alc/vol
Carta de Oro Bacardi Gold 40% alc/vol
Pina Colada Breezer 5% alc/vol
Pink Grapefruit Breezer 5% alc/vol
Ron Bacardi 1873 40% alc/vol
Ron Bacardi Limon 35% alc/vol
Ron Bacardi Superior Black 40% alc/vol
Ron Bacardi Superior Carta Blanca 40% alc/vol

Canadian Gibson Distillery Ltd, Montreal
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Gibson Extra Dry 35% alc/vol

Canadian Park & Tilford Distilleries Ltd.
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Kon-Tiki Superior White Rum

Captain Morgan Rum Distillers Limited
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Royal Canadian Navy Rum Blended and bottled Expressly for the Royal Canadian Navy
Canadian Armed Forces Rum Blended and bottled Expressly for the Canadian Armed Forces
Captain's Finest White Rum 40% alc/vol
Captain Morgan Extra Light 40% alc/vol
Captain Morgan Gold Rum 40% alc/vol
Captain's Finest Dark 40% alc/vol
Captain Morgan Newfoundland Gold 40% alc/vol
Captain Morgan 1674 Aged 6 years De Luxe Rum 40% alc/vol
Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum 35% alc/vol

Casdon Canada Inc
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Old Havana Ron Superior 40% alc/vol

Central Canadian Distilling Corp LTD, Weyburn
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Southwind Superior White Rum 40% alc/vol

Christopher Columbus Rum Co. Ltd., New Westminster, B. C.
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Tropicana Light Rum

Compania Ron Carioca / Schenley Distilleries Inc.
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Ron Carioca 40% alc/vol
Ron Carioca White Rum 40% alc/vol
Premium Ron Carioca White Rum 40% alc/vol
Ron Carioca Gold Rum 40% alc/vol
Ron Carioca dark Rum 40% alc/vol

DeKuyper
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DeKuyper Rhum Blanc 40% alc/vol

Diamond Rum Company
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White Diamond Rum 40% alc/vol
Black Diamond Rum 40% alc/vol
Golden Diamond Rum 40% alc/vol

Dumont Vins & Spiritueux
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Dry Cariba Superior Rum 40% alc/vol

FBM Distillery Co. Ltd.
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Ron Bacardi Superior Carta Blanca
Ron Bacardi 1873 Amber Dry 40% alc/vol

Fred L. Myers Rums LTD, Montreal
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Myers's Rum Planters Punch A blend of Canadian and Jamaica rum 40% alc/vol
Tropina 40% alc/vol

Glenora Distilleries Ltd.
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Confederation Bridge White Rum 40% alc/vol
Smuggler's Cove White Rum 45% alc/vol
Smuggler's Cove Dark Rum 45% alc/vol
Smuggler's Cove Amber Rum 45% alc/vol

Highwood Distillers Ltd.
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Highwood Distillers was founded in 1974 and originaly operated under the name Sunnyvale. In 1984, the Distillery was renamed Highwood after the famous and beautiful Highwood
region.
[Source: Company's web site, 2004]

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Highwood rum 40% alc./vol.
Momento

Hiram Walker & Sons
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Government House White Rum 40% alc/vol
Government House Amber Rum 40% alc/vol
Hiram Walker Culinary Rum 40% alc/vol
Hiram Walker Coco Rum 24% alc/vol

Hudson's Bay Company
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The Hudson's Bay Company, one of the oldest, still active companies in the world, was almost 200 years old when Canada was created in 1867. Since its inception in 1670, the
Company controlled fully one-third of present-day Canadian territory. That area, designated Rupert's Land, encompassed most of Northern Ontario and Northern Québec, all of
Manitoba, most of Saskatchewan, the southern half of Alberta and a large part of the Northwest Territories.

Control over this enormous domain was granted by Royal Charter following the successful voyage of the Nonsuch to trade for beaver pelts with the Cree near James Bay.

What began as a simple fur-trading enterprise evolved into a trading and exploration company that reached to the west coast of Canada and the United States, south to Oregon,
north to the Arctic and east to Ungava Bay, with agents in Chile, Hawaii, California, and Siberia; a land development company with vast holdings in the prairie provinces; a
merchandising, natural resources and real estate development company and, today, Canada's oldest corporation and one of its largest retailers.

It was not an uneventful progression.

First, the French wanted the Company out. During its first decades, French and English warships battled for possession of Company trading posts, The rivalry was finally
settled, in the Company's favour, by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713.

Powerful rivals emerged. The North West Company, principally Scottish-Canadian traders from Montréal, was the most formidable. The Nor'Westers, particularly under Alexander
Mackenzie, in defiance of the Charter, pushed north to the Arctic and in 1793, west to the Pacific.

In 1821, the North West Company was merged unto the Hudson's Bay Company and the Company's title to the land was recognized by all parties.

Further benefits were to come. In 1821, Parliament expanded the Company's monopoly trading area, under license, so that it stretched from the boundary of Labrador to the
Pacific and from the lower reaches of the Mackenzie River to the U.S. passes over the Rocky Mountains.

The next half century or so were some of the Company's best years. Under Governor Sir George Simpson, Company officers explored and traded vigorously throughout the west and
north and pushed south in a wide area from the sources of the Missouri to San Francisco Bay.

However, not everyone liked the idea of a monopoly. The main criticisms were alleged misuse of monopoly power and opposition to settlement. The Parliamentary Inquiry of 1857
found that what is now southern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and known as the fertile belt, were suitable for settlement, and should be ceded to Canada. It was the
beginning of the end for the Company's monopoly.

By the Deed of Surrender of 1869, the Company retained its Charter but surrendered ownership of its Rupert's Land territory. In return, it received cash and seven million acres
in the fertile belt which it gradually sold during the next 85 years.

By 1912, the Company recognized that it needed a new approach to retailing and planned a chain of department stores in western Canada. In so doing, it laid the foundation for
its emergence as one of Canada's leading retail organizations.

Interrupted by the First World War, the Company's expansion program was resumed in 1923. By 1970, downtown department stores had been built in each of the major cities of
western Canada. The Company then moved into eastern Canada through acquisitions and launched an ambitious expansion program into the suburbs of major Canadian cities. This was
followed by the acquisition of Zellers in 1978 and The Robert Simpson Co. in 1979.

During this period, the Company held major investments in Hudson's Bay Oil and Gas, Siebens and Roxy Petroleum and, in 1973, acquired control of Markborough Properties.

The Company's rapid expansion during the 1970s, however, added heavily to its debt. This, combined with rising interest rates and the economic recession of the 1980s, strained
its resources severely.

In response, the Company concentrated its energies on its retail businesses. Consequently, it divested itself of businesses and investments including its Wholesale department,
Northern Stores and Fur divisions and Markborough, which it considered peripheral to its central interests. The Company continues to expand its retail operations with
acqusitions such as Kmart and new outlets like the Outfitters store in Toronto.
[Source: Hudson's Bay Company Archives, 2004]

http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/hbca/

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Hudson's Bay Jamaica Rum
Hudson's Bay Treasure Island White Rum 40% alc/vol

International Distillers of Canada
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Green Island Light rum 40% alc/vol
Green Island Navy rum 40% alc/vol
Green Island White rum 40% alc/vol

Kittling Ridge, Grimsby
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1971 Distillery was built on South Service Rd., Grimsby by Swiss Stillmaster, Otto Rieder.
Ownership was privately funded. Initial production consisted of European style fruit spirits (eau de vies or fruit brandies), soon expanded to include the more popular Canadian
distilled spirits… vodka, whisky. Grape brandy continued to be a specialty.
1985 Grimsby plant, warehouse and office expanded to accommodate growth.
1992 Otto Rieder retires. Original financial backers seek replacement.
John K. Hall assumes position of C.E.O. and takes an equity position.
1993 Rieder Distillery applies for, and is granted a commercial Winery License, for the province of Ontario, making it the only combination winery, and distillery operating
in Ontario.
1993 Name is changed from Rieder Distillery to Kittling Ridge Estate Wines & Spirits.
Mission statement… to produce products offering Quality, Taste and Value.
1993 Company launches first landmark product… Kittling Ridge Ice Wine & Brandy, combining the still master's craft and the winemakers art.
1994 KR's Pure Gold Whisky (a.k.a. Canadian Company Whisky), becomes the 3rd most popular imported spirit in Taiwan.
1995 Kittling Ridge becomes 6th largest winery in Ontario. Over 50 people employed full time.
1996 Kittling purchases the small Ontario winery… Cullotta. This affords KR 6 off-premise retail wine shops in the province of Ontario.
1997 Company payroll tops 100 employees, wine sales exceed 60,000 cases.
1997 KR launches Inferno Pepper Pot Vodka.
1997 KR mourns the passing of one of the founding owners, Mr. Ben Webster, Helix Investments.
1998 Mr. John K. Hall assumes majority ownership of Kittling Ridge Ltd.
1998 KR begins major export venture with Inferno Pepper Pot Vodka to the USA
1998 KR announces new hotel project, the Kittling Ridge Inn. Ground breaking to begin June 1999
1999 By mid-year, Inferno Vodka is available in 37 US States. KR launches a second size 1.14L and a 50-ml miniature.
2001 Ground is broken for warehouse expansion.
2001 December…. Kittling Ridge morns the passing of Otto Rieder.
2002 January, Kittling officially opens it's new 75,000 square foot warehouse.
2003 Forty Creek Barrel Select Whisky is launched
2005 Prince Igor Vodka passes 60,000 cases annually.

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Harry's Hurricane 30% alc/vol
Skipper Rum 40% alc/vol
Ron Superior Sandpiper 40% alc/vol
Sandpiper Cane Cutter Spiced Rum 40% alc/vol
Jonkanoo Coconut-Rum Liqueur 30% alc/vol
Premium KR Rock Island Rum 40% alc/vol
Bahama Mama Rum cocktail 10% alc/vol
Premium Black Stripe white rum
Black Stripe Coconut Pineapple Rum Liqueur
Black Stripe Mandarin Rum Liqueur

Lamb's Rum Company, Montreal
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Established in 1849.

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Lamb's Palm Breeze Light Rum
Superior Lamb's White Rum 40% alc/vol
Superior Lamb's Palm Breeze Light Rum 40% alc/vol
Superior Lamb's Palm Breeze Amber Rum 40% alc/vol
Superior Lamb's Palm Breeze Amber Rum 75.4% alc/vol
Superior Lamb's Dark Rum 40% alc/vol
Superior Lamb's Spiced Rum 40% alc/vol
Superior Lamb's Navy Rum 40% alc/vol
Superior 151° Proof Lamb's Navy Rum 75.4% alc/vol

Maraca Rum Merchants
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Company is owned by Hiram Walker.

[Source: Business Library, The University of Western Ontario, 2006]

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De Luxe Fine Distillation Maraca Rum 40% alc/vol

Marine Rum Distillers
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Royal Marine 1664 Dark Rum 40% alc/vol
Beachomber Golden Rum 40% alc/vol
Royal Marine Smooth and Dry Light Rum
Royal Marine Dark Rum

McGuinness Distillers Ltd, Toronto
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McGuinness Demerara Fruity Navy Rum Shipped From Plantation Diamond
McGuinness White Rum
McGuinness 99 Dark Rum
McGuinness Dry White Rum 40% alc/vol
McGuinness Amber Light Rum 40% alc/vol
McGuinness Smooth Dark Rum 40% alc/vol

Melchere Inc, Montreal
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Ron Cabana Superior Carta Blanca 40% alc/vol

Morrison Distillers LTD, Guelph
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Morrison's Finest White Rum 40% alc/vol

Newfoundland Liquor Corporation
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http://www.nfliquor.com/
http://www.rum.cz/galery/eur/uk/young/index.htm
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Big Dipper 40% alc/vol
Cabot Tower Rhum Demerara Rum 57.1% alc/vol
Famous Newfoundland screech de Terre-Neuve 00° Proof
Hibernia Ultra Premium Rum 5 year old 40% alc/vol
Young's Old Sam 40% alc/vol

Newfoundland Screech
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Newfoundland Screech is 40% alcohol rum sold in Newfoundland. Screech has a name that was once just a colloquial term to describe almost any cheap, high alcohol spirit, including moonshine. The name has since become used for this mid-priced rum.
It is available in liquor stores both in and outside of Newfoundland is blended and bottled by the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation. Unlike their counterparts in other provinces, NLC has retained their bottling business. The spirit is widely available in Canada and is also distributed in the New England States (Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont) of the United States of America.

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Nova Scotia Liquor Commission
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Fine Old Demerara Rum 20 Underproof;

OK Liquor Stores
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Moutain Crest Rum

Old Havana (Bacardi)
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Old Havana Ron Superior 40% alc/vol

Palliser Distillers Ltd.
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Governor General 40% alc/vol
Malibu 28% alc/vol

Park & Tilford Canada Inc
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Kon-Tiki White rum 40% alc/vol

Potter Distilling Corp.
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International Potter's Superior Dry White Rum 40% alc/vol
International Potter's Traditional Navy Smooth Dark Rum 40% alc/vol
Potter's Superior White Rum 40% alc/vol
Potter's Traitional Navy Imported Rum 40% alc/vol
Potter's White Rum 40% alc/vol

Rosswog Farm Distillery
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On the rock… White rum 40% alc/vol

Schenley Canada
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Schenley Cooler 5% alc/vol

The Governor General Rum Company
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Governor General White Rum 40% alc/vol
Governor General Light Rum 40% alc/vol
Governor General Navy Rum 40% alc/vol
Montego White 40% alc/vol
Montego Dark 40% alc/vol

Twelve Islands Shipping Company
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Malibu 28% Alc

Venada
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Consul Rum Extra dry white rum

Wiser's Distillery LTD, Belleville
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PRESCOTT - At the turn of the century, Prescott's reputation as a thriving community on the St. Lawrence River was largely attributable to the success of J. P. Wiser's and Sons Distillery.

In the early 1900s, Wiser's was the third largest distillery in Canada, producing high-quality whiskey that supplied markets in Canada and the United States, China and the Philippine Islands. In 1911, the company employed over 100 workers in the distillery operation and another 40 at the brickyard located on the Wiser farm just west of Merwin Lane Road.

It would be easy to blame the demise of the distillery business in Prescott on prohibition, which started in Ontario during the First World War and in the United States in
1920, but the company's decline actually started with the death of John Philip Wiser. Wiser was an amazing business man who amassed a huge fortune during his lifetime.
Unfortunately his sons lacked his business skills and the once great company started its decline under their leadership.

Prescott was a centre for the production of spirits for most of the 1800s and early 1900s. In 1858-59, there were four distilleries in production in Prescott and others were
involved in the brewing of beer.

Wiser was born at Trenton, New York. He was working for the firm of Averell and Egert in upper New York State when the company decided to purchase the Payne Distillery in
Prescott. The company already operated a distillery in Ogdensburg, N.Y. Wiser was moved to Prescott to become general manager of the company.

At the time, Prescott was seen as a community with a great future. It had direct railway connections to Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, railway ferry links to the Northern
Railway in the U.S. which provided direct access to the Atlantic Seaboard ports, and was a port of call for Canadian Steamers heading both east and west along the St. Lawrence
River.

By 1862, Wiser had purchased the distillery from his former company and started a series of expansions that soon led to its national prominence. Strangely enough, the Civil War
in the United States was a great catalyst for the growth of the Wiser's business. The war wreaked havoc on distilleries in the United States and Americans turned to Canada for
their supply of top quality whiskey. In 1873, Wiser's was paying the Canadian government an excise duty of ,000 per day .and was spending more than million per year in
operating costs.

What really made Wiser successful was his ability to incorporate other businesses into his empire. He developed farms to grow the grains he needed for his distillery
operations, he had a huge interest in beef cattle that fed on by-products from the distillery and he developed a brickyard for the manufacture of bricks. He also had a love for
beef cattle that led to his purchase of a huge farm in Kansas. Racehorses were another passion for the popular entrepreneur and he owned some of the finest horses in the
country.

Wiser was also a politician serving on town council and later in the federal government.

A great deal of the success of Wiser's came from his association with Albert Whitney, a shrewd businessman who acted as the company's treasurer.

The distillery operation was centred on the waterfront at the west end of the town. During the late 1800s, the Wiser family built beautiful homes on the periphery of the
distillery property and some of these homes still survive as living testament to the architectural fascinations of the time.

The company was clearly in decline following the death of J.P. Wiser and its collapse followed the death of Whitney in 1917. The distillery was sold to Corby's ( (Hiram Walker
Distilleries) and production was moved to the Belleville area in 1932.

Wiser's whiskey has had a solid reputation for quality that has continued to this day. There are still three products being sold under the Wiser's label.

http://www.ripnet.com/sites/colonel_edward_jessup/UEL_Col_J/wisers_distillery.html

Wiser's Distillery was closed in 1932
[Source: The Prescott Journal, 2005]
http://www.prescottjournal.com/2004_Obits.html

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Discovery Bay 40% alc/vol

Wood Rum Company LTD, Montreal
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Wood's White Sail White Rum 40% alc/vol
Wood's Rhum Old Navy Rum 40% alc/vol

Yukon Liquor Corporation
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After two years of the control system in the Yukon Territory, the sale of beer glass was approved in the early 1920's. Because of the very small population licensing was confined to a few settlements with certain discretionary authority held by the Commissioner in more remote areas.

In the early days, the Liquor Vendors in Dawson City and Mayo worked side by side with the Government Agents. As the Yukon Population increased and became less transient, the Agent's duties were combined with the vendors giving them Territorial Agent status. By 1948, there were government liquor stores in Dawson City, Mayo & Whitehorse. In 1954, Haines Junction was operating and in 1958 Watson Lake. By the late 1960's a sixth store was opened in Faro to serve the needs of the people flooding into the community in hopes of finding work at the new lead-zinc mine.

Originally, the Liquor Control Board fell under the jurisdiction of the Yukon Legislative Assembly headed by the Commissioner of the Yukon Territory. The Director of the Liquor Control Board administered the day to day operations. The 1970's saw the election of the first partisan government and on April 1, 1977, the Yukon Liquor Corporation came into existence as a result of amendments to the Liquor Act. The separation as a corporate entity resulted in increased responsibilities and full accountability in the areas of finance and accounting. The Director was redesignated to General Manager, who was also a Deputy Head, and considered to be the Chief Executive Officer for the Yukon Liquor Corporation. The General Manager title was later changed to President. The President was charged with the general business of the Corporation, and the administration of the Act under the general direction of the Liquor Board. A five member discretionary Board was appointed with authority to approve license applications and rule on hearings of appeal on license suspensions.
Six liquor stores and central warehousing facilities in Whitehorse, now service the requirements of more than three hundred licenses as well as permit holders, and the general public.

The Corporation operates under the mandate that it shall regulate the purchase, import, storage, distribution, and sale of all alcoholic beverages within the Yukon, under the requirements of the Liquor Act and Regulations. It also provides that the Corporation conducts its business in a socially responsible manner.

It is this commitment to social responsibility that has moved the Corporation to a position where it not only offers low and non-alcoholic alternatives but assumes partial responsibility for the education of purchasers and consumers with reference to the moral and legal obligations associated with alcohol service and consumption.

In May 1991, the Corporation preceded the rest of the nation by implementing a program which required that warning labels be applied to all wine, sprit and packaged liquor products sold at any of the Territorial liquor stores. These brightly coloured stickers are intended to bring attention to the potential risks of drinking while pregnant.

The Corporation has historically recognized and maintained its responsibility to the environment. A deposit refund system encouraged maximum return of beer bottles and cans. In 1984, the Corporation installed a densifying unit to compact and process aluminum cans for shipment to recycling depots in Southern Canada. Effective April 1, 1987 the deposit refund system was expanded to include wine and spirit containers.

Our continuing commitment to recycling initiatives is further substantiated by support of the Recycling Centre and the Yukon Conservation Strategy. With the exception of domestic beer bottles which are returned directly to a brewery distribution outlet in Southern Canada, empty glass, aluminum and cardboard containers are consolidated at the Central Warehouse for furtherance to the Recycling Centre in Whitehorse.

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Demerara Rum bottled by Yukon Government Corporation
Yukon Hootch 40% alc/vol

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